The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has been called “one of the world’s foremost ensembles.” Minneapolis Flamenco dancer and choreographer Colette Illarde has been called a “regal stomping dynamo” and “queenly.” Together, the guitarists and the dancer have been creating shows that blend the best of rhythmic and acoustic chamber music with the heat and intensity of Andalusia’s rebel dance form.
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Illarde, who trained in ballet and jazz before absorbing flamenco, commands the stage with her intuitive sense of the music, and the history of persecuted gypsies who gave rise to it. Her arms wrap sinuously around the space or flicker like the flames of evening fire. Her skirts swirls like the barely contained passions of her paramour. And she propels herself with even intensity across the floor with cascading footwork that drills the boards with the sound of gunfire.
This new collaboration features music by the Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, in addition to works by Maria Kalaniemi, Peter Maxwell Davies and others.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; $22. 610-340-1725